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trouble negotiating steps. he started using the cane several months ago. >> reporter: in his announcement, the pope said, quote,"i have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me." pope benedict xvi has overseen a series of scandals and controversy, including the sex abuse crisis in the catholic church. his critics charge he was not progressive enough, upset he condemned gay marriage, the ordination of women, and allowing priests to marry. but supporters viewed him as a steadfast leader, and praised him for warning against the subtle influence of secularism. >> wendy: joining us now with thoughts on these developments, is dr. cornelius becker a professor at regent university. thank you so much for being on the program. >> it greats to be with you. >> wendy: it is so unusual for a pope to step down, almost unprecedented, cepts fo -- exempt for that one time 600 years ago. >> it is unprecedented. weren't we've had several popes that have resigned for the position, but never for the reason this pope has offered, frail health and advanced age. i think it
us his exclusive interview from cairo. >> reporter: as egypt's first coptic pope in more than 30 years, he leads a church that has spread to six continents. blindfolded boys selected theodore as the successor. he once served at st. bachoy's monastery near cairo. he just returned from a spiritual retreat there when we met with him. >> i like the monastery life. this charges me with new energy. prayer fulful energy. >> reporter: he says egyptians are spiritual, but he worries about contemporary temptations drawing them away from god. >> the spiritual health is now somewhat weak due to the materialism and due to the technology, modern technology. >> reporter: if their spiritual life is to be strenthened, egyptians must enter into a relationship with god, he says. but the country's new constitution may restrict their ability to do that. >> there is not religious freedom, but, of course, there are some restrictions, yes, especially for the building of the churches. >> reporter: do you think that's going to change? >> very slight change. very, very slight. not nearly the same. >> repor
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